Danica Patrick to end NASCAR career after 2018 Daytona 500
Danica Patrick announced Friday at Homestead-Miami Speedway that the 2018 Daytona 500 will be her final race in NASCAR.
The 35-year-old also announced she will compete in next season's Indianapolis 500 before stepping away from full-time racing competition. Patrick did not announce which teams she'll be
"This will be my last season as a full-driver," Patrick said. "I'm grateful for all of the opportunities."
In 2013, Patrick made history by becoming the first female pole award winner in the Daytona 500. She also became the first female driver to lead the Great American Race and Coca-Cola 600. In 189 career starts, Patrick has seven top-10 finishes, one pole, and a career-best finish of sixth-place at Atlanta in 2014.
Patrick is also the only female driver to win an IndyCar race after winning in Japan in 2008. She made her Cup series debut in the 2012 Daytona 500. In 61 career Xfinity Series starts, Patrick has one top five and seven top-10 finishes.
It was announced earlier this season that Patrick would not return to the No. 10 car for Stewart-Haas Racing in 2018. Aric Almirola was named